Citizen Action Monitor

Watch Big Oil’s propaganda video to deflect attention from dire climate impacts of burning fossil fuels

And don’t miss the clever parody, voiceover version, which Big Oil demanded YouTube remove

No 1259 Posted by fw, February 14, 2015

“This is what the fossil fuel industry is saying about you: that you’re a bunch of big, bad, radicals who want everyone to go hungry in the dark. But we know that’s ridiculous. We know that this movement is pushing for a just, sustainable future for all of us — one where energy is something that helps communities instead of hurting them, and where you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a voice.”X Fossil Free

Some minor editing changes have been made to the repost below. To access the original version, which includes details about this weekend’s divestment activities, click on the following linked title.

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This is what the fossil fuel industry thinks about you by Allyse Heartwell, X Fossil Free, February 12, 2015

A fossil fuel industry PR group just released this cartoon video as an attack on Global Divestment Day

 

[Watch the parody version with audio overlay at the bottom of this post]

[The above propaganda version] was put out by the Environmental Policy Alliance, a front group for Big Oil that pushes out specious and inaccurate opposition research on individuals and organizations who fight climate change. The group is led by Rick Berman, who was taped by the New York Times as saying in a talk to oil executives that “you have to play dirty to win”.

This is what the fossil fuel industry is saying about you: that you’re a bunch of big, bad, radicals who want everyone to go hungry in the dark. But we know that’s ridiculous. We know that this movement is pushing for a just, sustainable future for all of us — one where energy is something that helps communities instead of hurting them, and where you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a voice.

The industry’s hired guns are trying to take over the #divest hashtag ahead of the big day. Will you help make sure #divest stays a tool that we can connect and celebrate with? Social media can be a simple numbers game, and you can help us beat back these PR flacks:

This video is pretty low… but it’s also pretty laughable. In fact, that’s just what we did when we stumbled across it yesterday.

Aaron Packard, our Oceania Region Coordinator, used his own narration skills to do a remix of the video. And THEN the “Environmental Policy Alliance” made YouTube take down our parody version of the video — but you can still listen to Aaron’s fake “oil baron” narration below.  If the fossil fuel industry was being honest, this is what they’d actually say:

 

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